Charter Communications recently donated 65 “Safe & Healthy Home Kits” to the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry to help keep area families safe and warm.
Through its Charter our Community initiative, Charter developed the Safe & Healthy Home Kits with home improvement retailer Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together, a leading national non-profit in safe and healthy housing.
Kit contents are in line with the principles of healthy homes developed by the National Center for Healthy Housing and endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General.
Some of the items families can put to use immediately to improve the health and safety of their home include: smoke detector; first aid kit; flashlight; night lights; all-purpose cleaner; caulk; disinfecting wipes; tub tread and weatherstrip.
Charter says the goal with these kits is to provide easy-to-install and use products that will help make a home safer and healthier.
The kits were delivered to the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry in January were distributed to area families within weeks.
“When families are struggling to make ends meet, home safety items are not always on the top of their list,” said Brad Drake, longtime volunteer and Board Member for the Pantry. “We generally don’t stock home safety supplies such as first aid kits, smoke alarms, night lights, weather stripping and cleaning products – so this was a unique offering that was greatly appreciated by our clients.”
Charter launched Charter Our Community in late 2014. During the program’s first full year, Charter and its employee volunteers helped improve the safety of 1,088 homes, with employee volunteers donating more than 5,400 hours of their time.
Locally, Charter plans to sponsor a home with Project Home’s Hammer with a Heart in 2016 and will pursue other local ventures to further this program goal and partner with community groups in the areas where Charter employees live and work.
The 65 kits donated to the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry represented a donation of more than $6,000.